TLDR: - March 4 is the deadline for conference grant proposals for events that will happen between August 2018 and February 2019. - There is a new conference grant proposal template <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/Preload>, and a required community engagement survey <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/Plan> that must be completed before the proposal deadline. - Please email me by January 30th if you are thinking of planning a conference in 2018 - 2019.
Hi everyone, As a grant Program Officer for the WMF Conference and Event grant program <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference>, I support communities to develop grant proposals and plan conferences, meetings and events that need more than $2,000 USD. I am writing to ensure that groups who are planning to request a grant from the WMF to host a conference are aware of changes to the WMF conference grant timelines and processes, and annual planning. *Proposal process changes:* In September 2017 we introduced a new proposal template and community engagement survey for conference grants. The changes were made to support event organizers to gather community input about what topics, projects or goals are most important to focus on at a proposed event. - Communities and organizing teams should be aware that there is a new Conference grant proposal template <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/Preload>, which includes a community engagement survey <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/Plan> that must be completed before the proposal deadline. - If your community has a process they prefer to use to gather input to plan conferences, organizers should contact Kacie Harold at khar...@wikimedia.org by January 30s to discuss. *Proposal timeline changes:* We will be extending the March 2018 round review period by to ensure there is sufficient time for applicants to update proposals after staff feedback. Organizers will have the opportunity to revise their proposal after WMF staff review, and will be able to respond to comments for one week after the committee review. - 4 March: Proposal deadline - 5 - 16 March: WMF staff feedback and eligibility review - 25 March: Proposal revision deadline - 26 March - 8 April: Grant committee review - 20 April: Grant decisions posted Groups who need more than $2,000 USD funding for an event that will take place between August 2018 and February 2019 should apply for a conference grant by March 4 2018. *Annual planning for 2018-19 budget:* The WMF is working our FY18-19 annual plan and budget. We want to know what events communities might need funding for during this period. All groups who are thinking about requesting a WMF conference grant for potential events in 2018 and 2019 are encouraged to contact Kacie Harold, the WMF Conference Grant Program Officer by January 30th. Thanks for your extended attention - I look forward to all of your emails and questions. Cheers, Kacie _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>